SMITH COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE: Previous information from the Smith County Sheriff's Office stated the 13-year-old victim was shot in the face and still hospitalized. While the teen was shot, they were treated and released from the hospital. A 30-year-old man is in the hospital after a gunshot wound to his facial area.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office confirmed during a press conference Monday that one of the people who was shot at the trail ride event on Sunday was a 13-year-old.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith gave further details regarding their investigation into the shooting that occurred in the 18000 block of FM 2767 in eastern Smith County Sunday at around 12:35 a.m.
"We don't have any suspects in custody at this time, we have some what we call 'persons of interest' that will probably turn into a suspect," explained Smith. "We have just recently identified the organizer of the event, and I will say that we will be going after that organizer with both civil and criminal penalties."
Among the five gunshot victims, four were released on Sunday morning. The only victim that remains in the hospital is a 30-year-old man, who was shot in the face. He was out on bond for a murder charge last November out of Marshall.
Smith said the event organizers, Unified Elite Riderz, did not have permission to use the property, which was described as a large pasture.
"That could be potential charges filed there as well," said Smith. "Anywhere we can file charges on this event, they will be filed."
Smith went to further encourage anyone who was at the event that may know any information to come forward, they are not in any trouble if they report any information to the SCSO Emergency Operations Center, their non-emergency number dispatch, at (903) 566-6600.